Monday, 15 April 2013

Ebay of the Day

Wow look these original early 70s Buchla modules are up for sale at the mo (note the black davies knobs). Annoyingly they are all in separate auctions, so I photoshopped them all together into one dream package just so I could imagine what it would look like in an ideal world where systems like this stay together in one piece

UPDATE: These all sold through ebay for a total of $31,245 to various folk. Wow

Tanks a Bunch

Finally I got the 100 fully up and running. I can now hear the dual reverb tanks in all their glory. Thanks Keith!

Sunday, 14 April 2013

More Moore

I do like Henry Moore, not just his work but the way he lived his life. Lyn and I went to visit his house and studio in Perry Green last week, battling against the freezing wind. I've been before to the gardens and studios, but I had never taken the tour of his house. It felt a bit strange invading his personal space accompanied by at least four tour guides, each describing one room at a time. Walking past a telephone in one of the hallways there is his hand-typed list of his once most used numbers. I expected the telephone to ring and I would pick it up and it would be his cousin or bank manager or something, or Barbara Hepworth

Wednesday, 10 April 2013


I'm taking one of the Buchla cabinets down to Cornwall to have a health check

Tuesday, 9 April 2013


Hannah and me in the control room - kind of Duchamping:

Saturday, 6 April 2013

Ebay of the Day

You can buy part of the Hubble Space Telescope from NASA today... (saw this on matrixsynth - even though its not a synth - it looks like it should be a synth)

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Moog Vs Sony

During the console-swap we did some tests with the Moog modular as a sound source. Here is a sequence going through the Sony Oxford EQ. Sweet

and here is a Sequential Drumtraks being routed via the Sony insert points, with the Moog as an external FX. Snappy

Mixed Feelings

Speaking of mixing, half way through the monumental task of mixing our (John Foxx & The Maths) Live in the Studio album, the Mackie DXB digital console decided to die! So I have had a very busy few weeks here at Benge Central, running round and sorting things out. I decided to replace the DXB with a lovely little Sony DMX R100 digital desk, which I have always lusted after but could never really afford. Now however they can be picked up for less than a tenth of the original price, and I lucked out and found a pristine one with all the right interface cards in place. So i swapped this:

for this:

The really cool thing was that the Sony fits into my console frame perfectly, so Big Al and me had a sleepover and did the switcheroo at the weekend:

So its goodbye to the DXB, you've been a good friend

Underpass Pass

We've been mixing a lot this week, heres Underpass through the MCI with me adding plate reverb to the choruses: